Na­ga­land to Seek Ex­emp­tion of Part IX-A of Con­sti­tu­tion

How­ever, the ag­i­tat­ing tribal or­gan­i­sa­tions term the state cab­i­net move as a to­tal sell­out of the Ar­ti­cle 371(A) of the Con­sti­tu­tion

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Guwa­hati: Na­ga­land cab­i­net has de­cided to step up pres­sure on Cen­tre in re­vis­it­ing schedule IX-A of In­dia Con­sti­tu­tion, which deals with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. How­ever, the ag­i­tat­ing tribal bod­ies termed the same as a to­tal sell­out of the Ar­ti­cle 371(A) of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Ar­ti­cle 371(A) ac­cords spe­cial pro­vi­sions to the state of Na­ga­land. Ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­niqué is­sued by the me­dia cell, chief min­is­ter’s of­fice in Na­ga­land, the state cab­i­net in a emer­gent meet­ing, while tak­ing se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion of the wide­spread con­cern ex­pressed by var­i­ous tribal ho­hos (apex bod­ies) and other or­gan­i­sa­tions with re­gard to cer­tain pro­vi­sions of Part IX-A of the Con­sti­tu­tion re­lat­ing to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, has de­cided to sub­mit a mem­o­ran­dum to the prime min­is­ter to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion through or­di­nance.

This is seen as state gov­ern­ment’s at­tempt to pla­cate the tribal bod­ies which is op­pos­ing 33% reser­va­tion for women in ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies (ULBs) and re­sorted to vi­o­lence protest fol­low­ing which polls were called off.

Ac­cord­ing to state gov­ern­ment all the sixty leg­is­la­tors of the state, both the mem­bers of par­lia­ment, the chair­man and vice-chair­man of the rul­ing Demo­cratic Al­liance of Na­ga­land are to sub­mit the mem­o­ran­dum jointly and an early ap­point­ment with the prime min­is­ter has been sought, it stated. The Na­ga­land Tribes Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (NTAC) stated that the de­ci­sion of the Naga- land Cab­i­net to sub­mit a mem­o­ran­dum to the prime min­is­ter to amend the Con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion of Part IX-A has come as shock­ing news to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and right think­ing cit­i­zens of the State.

The peo­ple of Na­ga­land are aware that the Na­ga­land As­sem­bly is em­pow­ered to make laws and amend them as per the need of the state, NTAC added. Con­vener NTAC, Ko­hima, KT Vilie and CT Jamir sec­re­tary NTAC stated Na­ga­land As­sem­bly, be­ing em­pow­ered by the con­sti­tu­tion, has been us­ing the Ar­ti­cle 371(A) to en­act laws like the Na­ga­land Mu­nic­i­pal Act 2001 and other Laws. “Us­ing the same power it has been amend­ing them as well. What is most shock­ing now is, for­get­ting this fact for rea­sons best known to them, the cab­i­net is re­ported to sub­mit a mem­o­ran­dum jointly to the prime min­is­ter of In­dia to amend the con­sti­tu­tion Part IX-A through an or­di­nance. This move of the cab­i­net is sheer mock­ery of the state as­sem­bly it­self, the democ­racy of the state and the peo­ple of the state in gen­eral.”

The tribal body added, “Worse still, this de­ci­sion of the cab­i­net is a to­tal sell­out of the Ar­ti­cle 371(A) of the Con­sti­tu­tion. This con­firms fur­ther the ur­gency of the de­mand for chief min­is­ter’s res­ig­na­tion be­fore fur­ther dam­age to the state is com­mit­ted.”

NTAC has re­it­er­ated that the demo­cratic strug­gle of the peo­ple be­gan by the peo­ple of the state will be taken to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion. NTAC has an­nounced bandh from Mon­day on­wards seek­ing res­ig­na­tion of chief min­is­ter, TR Zeliang and cab­i­net min­is­ter.

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